The Captive (2014 film)

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The Captive
The Captive poster.jpg
Film poster with original title
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Produced by
Written by
  • Atom Egoyan
  • David Fraser
Music by Mychael Danna
Cinematography Paul Sarossy
Edited by
  • Ego Film Arts
  • The Film Farm
Release dates
  • 5 September 2014 (2014-09-05) (Canada)
Running time
113 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Box office $1,075,178

The Captive, formerly Queen of the Night and Captives, is a 2014 Canadian thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan and co-written with David Fraser. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, and Alexia Fast. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2] The film was released in select theaters and on demand on December 12, 2014.


Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, a series of events occur that indicate she may still be alive. While a police task force is investigating her potential kidnapping, her father Matthew (Ryan Reynolds), frustrated at the lack of progress and the suspicions he played a role in the disappearance, begins to take matters into his own hands.



The shooting of the film began in February 2013 in Sudbury, Ontario.[3] Ahead of its première on 16 May 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival, distributor A24, in partnership with DirecTV, purchased the U.S. rights to the film.[4]


The first official US trailer for the film was released on July 10, 2014.[5] A second trailer was released on November 18, 2014.[6]


Before its release, the film had been received negatively. Justin Chang from Variety described the film as "a ludicrous abduction thriller that finds a once-great filmmaker slipping into previously un-entered realms of self-parody".[7] Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian commented "it looks worryingly as if Egoyan has taken a serious issue and burdened it to breaking point and beyond with his own indulgent, naïve and exploitative fantasies".[8] Steven Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times compliments moments when the film "hints at emotions and mysteries with a delightful subtlety for a while", but remarks that it includes "some wild plots and conspiracies that wouldn't be out of place in the most fantastical spy novel".[9]

The film currently has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 26 percent based on 46 reviews, with its consensus stating: "Wan and lugubrious, The Captive represents another atmospheric, beautifully filmed misfire from director Atom Egoyan." The film also has a Metacritic score of 36 out of 100 based on 19 reviews.


The film received a limited release in Canada on September 5, 2014 making a total of $450,000.[10] The film was released on DirecTV on November 13, 2014 due to A24's partnership with DirecTV. The film was released in select theaters and on demand beginning on December 12, 2014 in the United States.[11]


  1. ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Howell, Peter. "We Shoot, We Score at Cannes festival". Toronto Star, 18 April 2014, p. E1.
  3. ^ "Egoyan film gets $1 million from NOHFC". Sudbury Star, 1 March 2013.
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  5. ^ Anderton, Ethan (10 July 2014). "Someone is Watching Ryan Reynolds in US Trailer for 'The Captive'". Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Web, Movie (November 18, 2014). "The Captive Trailer Starring Ryan Reynolds". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Chang, Justin (May 16, 2014). "Cannes Film Review: ‘The Captive’". Variety. 
  8. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (May 16, 2014). "Cannes 2014: The Captive review - Ryan Reynolds stars in Atom Egoyan's worrying crass paedophile thriller". The Guardian. 
  9. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (May 16, 2014). "Cannes 2014: Atom Egoyan's 'The Captive' performs a self-abduction". Los Angeles Times. 
  10. ^ Number, The (November 26, 2014). "The Captive". Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ Rant, Geek (November 26, 2014). 18, 2014 "The Captive New Trailer for Ryan Reynolds New Film!". 

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